I'm in southwest Ohio. Dandelions and fruit trees in bloom now. Warm today but off and on nights in the 30s for the next week. Marginally flying weather. Bees seem to be bringing in some nectar.
I want to grow some new queens in a booming hive. It's got a deep and three mediums, with bees/brood in all boxes. Is there any drawback right now to put a queen excluder in the middle of the hive, (knowing there's eggs/brood both above and below) to give them time to make some queen cells? Ideal would be to move the queen to another box separate from this hive but I don't want to spend so much time looking for her in such a populous hive.
I notched some egg cells to help with drawing out a queen cell, but only one small section. I'm thinking that even if temps go down into the low 30s for a couple of nights, the bees can still cluster even with the q.e. dividing the brood. But what might I be missing? I don't want to ruin this strong hive.
(last comment - I do kind of see everything in beekeeping as experiment...)
Thanks for any input.